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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Did Boucher Stand Up and Cheer ...

... when Mexico's president was trashing Arizonans and demanding action on our vital 2nd Amendment last week?

He's not sayin'.

He's hiding in Washington.

Well, someone needs to ask.  And keep asking.  "Mr. Boucher, did you applaud Mexico's attack on U.S. citizens and our laws?"

I sent Congressman Boucher an email after Felipe Calderon's speech before Congress asking if he had stood up and cheered as the man was denouncing Arizona's anti-illegals law.

I got no response.  As expected.

In lieu of a reply from Mr. Boucher, I think it's fair to make certain assumptions about our Democrat congressman. Vote accordingly.

The American People Wise Up

A year too late to matter, but ...

Barack Obama's approval rating is heading into George Bush territory:
Bush can at least blame what became a very unpopular war (remember the war?).

What's Obama's excuse?  An adversarial press? 

Graph and accompanying poll data courtesy of Rasmussen Reports.com.

We Are Doomed

Do these guys have any idea what they're doing?

From "U.S. Money Supply Plunges at 1930's Pace as Obama Eyes Stimulus":
Larry Summers, President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, has asked Congress to "grit its teeth" and approve a fresh fiscal boost of $200bn to keep growth on track. "We are nearly 8m jobs short of normal employment. For millions of Americans the economic emergency grinds on," he said.

David Rosenberg from Gluskin Sheff said the White House appears to have reversed course just weeks after Mr Obama vowed to rein in a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion (9.4pc of GDP) this year and set up a commission to target cuts. "You truly cannot make this stuff up. The US government is freaked out about the prospect of a double-dip," he said. [emphasis mine]
Just what we need.  A freaked-out Obama government in time of crisis.

For the love of God.

'When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws ...'

A lesson worth absorbing:
Jamaica's Bloody Lesson On Guns
By John Lott, writing for Fox News.com

Do gun bans really stop criminals from getting guns? Americans need not look no further than the massive gun battle with armed gangs fighting police and soldiers that took place in Kingston, Jamaica today. At least 30 people were killed in the fighting. It is a huge number for a small island nation of fewer than 3 million people, but unfortunately murder is so common in Jamaica that these murders won't even be noticed in the annual crime numbers.

With Chicago's Mayor Daley again claiming that a gun ban is necessary to keep Chicagoans safe, Jamaica and other countries with gun bans might teach Americans a lesson.

Everyone wants to keep guns away from criminals, but the question is: who is most likely to obey the law? In the case of a ban, every instance we have data for shows that when a ban has been imposed, murder rates rise. In America, people are all to familiar with the increased murder rates in Chicago and Washington, D.C.. But supporters blame those gun control failures on the ease of getting guns in the rest of the country. Yet, even in island nations such as Ireland, the U.K., and Jamaica -- all of which have imposed bans -- their easily defendable borders and lack of obvious neighbors haven't stopped drug gangs from getting either drugs or the guns that they use to protect their valuable product. [link]
Take away guns and evil wins out.  Every time.

The only way to stop the lawless when they kick down your door?

Nine rounds from the magazine and one from the chamber should send the proper message.

* A hearty  thank you goes out to Cargosquid for providing a correction to a mistake on my part.  Edit to text made.

Taking The Wrong Side

In the battle between us and them - make that U.S. and them - Democrats are choosing them.  We learn in "Legislators from Mexico and the U.S. agree action before IACHR" (pardon the crude Google translation from the original Spanish) that ...
To reverse the effects of SB-1070, legislators in Mexico and the U.S. (EU) have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), since this initiative criminalises migration with racial profiling in the state of Arizona.

Amanda Aguirre, state Sen. governed by Jan Brewer, read-after a closed-door meeting in the City of Nogales, "a joint statement announcing the promotion of comprehensive immigration reform" before the U.S. Congress- to enable the safe and orderly flow of migrants, in response to the reality of both nations in labor.

"We will seek to denounce the SB-1070 to the Organization of American States (OAS) through the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ... in order to determine if the imminent implementation of this legislation violates the human rights of residents Arizona, regardless of their immigration status," he said. [link]
Ya gotta love that "legislators in Mexico and the U.S. have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission ..."   In fact, that would be U.S. Democrat legislators, along with a bunch of Mexicans, that are bypassing the U.S. and going to an international tribunal seeking retribution in a strictly internal U.S. matter.

We no longer need to wonder whose side the Democrats are on.  It sure ain't ours.

Another Party Switch In The Making

The Democrats eat their own.

It's Worse Than Katrina

From a federal standpoint, anyway.

I made the point more than once back in the day that the primary responsibility for the prevention, safety, clean-up, and rescue efforts as they related to New Orleans and the hurricane that struck there in August of 2005 was with the state of Louisiana and the city government itself.  Not with the Bush government.

That point needs to be made again as Obama and his Democrats flail in a futile attempt to find someone else to blame for the federal government's failure to take action - any action - as the Gulf oil disaster worsens by the day.  From a government standpoint, this is Katrina in reverse.

For a federal government failure it is this time:
Yes, the Gulf Spill Is Obama's Katrina
By Karl Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal

Could this be Mr. Obama's Katrina? It could be even worse. The federal response to Katrina was governed by the 1988 Stafford Act, which says that in natural disasters on-shore states are in charge, not Washington. The federal obligation is to "support . . . State and local assistance efforts" by providing whatever resources a governor requests and then writing big checks for the cleanup. Mr. Bush had to deal with a Louisiana governor and a New Orleans mayor who were, by federal law, in charge.

But BP's well was drilled in federal waters. Washington, not Louisiana, is in charge. This is Mr. Obama's responsibility. He says his administration has been prepared for the worst from the start. Mr. Obama's failure to lead in cleaning up the spill could lead voters to echo his complaint in Katrina's aftermath: "I wish that the federal government had been up to the task." [link]
Obama is scheduled to fly to Louisiana tomorrow - sans plan - to get his picture taken on the beach.  Expect him to scowl and point fingers.  Expect the mainstream press to bring up the names Bush and Cheney. Incessantly.

Expect absolutely nothing to be done.

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Radical liberal E.J. Dionne says "we have disempowered government," allowing the disaster to unfold. Any more "disempowered" and Obama can legitimately declare the formation of a dictatorship.

Dionne really needs to lay off the hallucinogens.

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A quote worth remembering:

"Americans would make a terrible mistake to believe that because government failed in this crisis, it cannot work. They would be equally mistaken to think individual action and private philanthropy can be an effective substitute."

"Good government is not an option; it is a necessity. Americans won't get it back it till they recollect that a government that isn't starved from within can do its job."

From "Two Tales of New Orleans," Roanoke Times, September 18, 2005

Nobody with half a brain will argue in 2010 that the government is "starved."  Yet, even with all the money in the world, the Obama administration has failed - dramatically - in doing anything to mitigate the circumstances brought about by the oil well blowout. "A government that isn't starved from within can do its job."  Will the Roanoke Times care to reconsider its assessment?

Thank God We're Not Dependent on Fossil Fuels

Or ...

We'd All Better Get a Windmill Up Fast

Or ...

Arab World Gleeful Over Obama Decision To Suspend Arctic & Offshore  Drilling

Way to go, stud.  That's looking out for our best interests.

MSNBC Talking Head Shoots Off Mouth ...

... and hasn't the first clue as to what he's talking about:
MSNBC's Ratigan Guns for McDonnell Over Use of NRA Eddie Eagle Program
By Ken Shepherd, NewsBusters

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is "missing the target when it comes to whose interests he's really looking out for" but "then again, that's nothing new for us, is it," MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan complained in the "Busted" segment of today's program.

Ratigan lamented that McDonnell stripped out the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) as an alternative organization that Old Dominion educators could select for gun safety instruction for elementary school students. As it stands now, the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" program is the only option public school teachers have under state law.

Perhaps Ratigan is unaware that the Eddie Eagle program "neither offers nor asks for any value judgment concerning firearms," it merely instructs children in four simple steps about what to do should they come across a gun: "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult." [link]
I've always found it to be laughable (pathetic?) that diaper-wetting liberals find something to fear in  "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult."  But then they wouldn't be diaper-wetting liberals if they didn't act irrationally on frequent occasions, would they?

More importantly, and to set this whimpering fool straight, Governor Bob did not strip out the National Crime Prevention Council from legislation sent to him for his signature.  Some moron of a Democrat state senator had inserted the name "National Crime Prevention Center" - an organization that doesn't exist - into the bill, so it was removed.

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To show that MSNBC doesn't have the market cornered on stupid, read Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey's take on the matter in "Virginia schools get NRA-only gun education."

My favorite lines:
"When we researched National Crime Prevention Center -- it became evident that no such entity existed," she wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

"The assumption was that it is a reference to the National Crime Prevention Council," she continued. (That's the outfit that has made McGruff the Crime Dog famous.)

But, Johnson added, "the council acknowledges their gun safety curriculum is out of date and would have to be updated."

Rather than change the word "Center" to "Council," the governor instead deleted any reference to the latter organization. The General Assembly agreed to the change.
Rather than arbitrarily change the legislation to correct the moron's error, something the governor is forbidden to do, the governor axed it.  As he should have.  On grounds that the author of the bill was stupid.

A case can be made that the governor, should he have been so disposed, could have offered an amendment when the legislation was going through the process to correct the error, but to alter the wording after the fact?  How wrong would that be?

And another thing, about this:
Imagine the uproar across Virginia if the state developed a pregnancy-prevention program for 8-year-old school kids based on materials supplied by the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Virginians would be legitimately outraged, because NARAL is a lobbying group for abortion clinics.
Something similar occurred this year in the Virginia General Assembly with guns ...
When NARAL puts together a program that has the best interests of children at its core (rather than the slaughter thereof), call us.  Till then, the analogy is boneheaded.

This guy is either not serious about the subject matter or he suffers from the same affliction the author of the legislation is laboring under.  S-T-U-P-I-D.

Fear and Uncertainty Grow ...

... within the Jewish community.

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch looks back on Obama's first year and renders judgment:
Speak softly and carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt said. President Obama speaks apologetically and carries no stick at all. No wonder North Korea torpedoed that South Korean warship, something they would not have done in all probability if China had not quietly approved. No wonder Brazil and Turkey thumb their noses at us. We have become a laughingstock.
A laughing matter if it weren't so desperately serious for the Israeli people.